The Biggest Lava Lake on Top of Mount Nyiragongo, Congo

Mount Nyiragongo, Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of the Congo. An active volcano is famous for housing the biggest lava lake in the world. The volcano’s slopes are steep and lava is very fluid, thus enabling it to flow in high velocity when it erupts.

However, the lava lake is not constantly present. It takes years to form and after that it is a question of days when the walls of the crater will crack and lava erupt. The last eruption took place in 2002. As for today, the volcano’s activity is being carefully monitored, lava is again slowly rising and forming a lake.

Why to go there?

Help preserve Africa’s oldest national park and gorillas. The visitors come here to explore rich biodiversity and Mount Nyiragongo adds up extra excitement to the trip.

When to go there?

Read the volcanologists’ recommendations before going to the mountain.

How to get there?

Get to the mountain from Goma. Sign up for an expedition with experienced guides.

Read more: Visit Virunga and like it on Facebook to help preserve mountain gorillas.

Lead photo by Martin Rietze

Francesco Pandolfo

Photo by Francesco Pandolfo

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Photo by Francesco Pandolfo

Richard Roscoe

Photo by Richard Roscoe


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Michael Finkel

Photo by Michael Finkel

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Photo by Francesco Pandolfo

Cai Tjeenk Willink

Photo by Cai Tjeenk Willink

Guy Dekelver

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Photo by Guy Dekelver

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